The England cricket team is likely to visit Pakistan from January 15 to 20 for a three-match T20I series, The News reported on Tuesday.
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chief Executive Wasim Khan, who is currently on a ten-day leave in Birmingham – is expected to discuss the series with England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) CEO Tom Harrison soon.
An online meeting will be scheduled due to the on-going coronavirus, although the PCB officials have planned to hold a face-to-face meeting in London.
The PCB CEO proposed the series to his English counterparts earlier this month.
Several English publications have reported that the proposal is likely to be accepted even if the ECB has a packed schedule in that window.
Earlier, United Kingdom’s leading newspaper The Guardian in a report said that there is a “strong possibility” of the ECB accepting the PCB proposal and sending its national team to Pakistan for a brief tour.
Vic Marks, a former cricketer who is now a correspondent for The Guardian, had said that the PCB’s proposal, drafted by CEO Wasim Khan and backed by robust security arrangements, will make it “very hard” for the ECB to say no to.
“It would be startling if the ECB responded with a blunt: ‘Sorry. No can do. We are very busy this winter’,” Marks wrote.
The England cricket board (ECB) could send his “C-team” to Pakistan for tour in January 2021.
The ECB, as a goodwill gesture towards Pakistan for sending its team during the peak of Covid-19, does not want to decline the offer but has a major scheduling problem at its hand.
They also planned tour of Sri Lanka during the same window and could not send his weak team there due to the world test championship, they are currently behind from India and Australia.
On the other hand, many of its T20 experts have Big Bash League deals, which would put them out of the Pakistan tour.
So, the ECB may have to send a team composed of C- team players to Pakistan.